Cape Sugarbird enjoying the abundance of choice, in its search for the sweetest spot from numerous fully opened, brightly coloured pincushion flowers at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Cherry on top is the prompt on the Weekly Photo Challenge this week, and images of the sunbird on the Pincushion Flowers are my response to the prompt.
Perhaps some of you will remember the lyrics of the song Butterfly, “wait for me don’t fly away”. Well, it was in a completely different context that I was saying something very similar at Kirstenbosch Gardens last weekend :-). I wanted to try out a new close up filter I’d just bought, and headed off to Kirstenbosch to see if I could find something interesting to shoot. Well, I stumbled upon this butterfly, who seemed to get a bit of stage fright as the camera made its appearance.:-). Working with a very small depth of the field was a challenge, that was complicated further by a gentle breeze. Nevertheless, I was very determined and waited for the moments when the butterfly settled on the flower, and the breeze abated so I could carefully focus and take a few pictures. Maybe not as sharp as I would have liked, but it was a victorius challenge for me anyway :-). Victory is the prompt on the Weekly Photo Challenge this week, and images of the butterfly are my response to the prompt….
The Postberg Flower Reserve, at the West Coast National Park, North of Cape Town, open for Public Access during the months of August and September is host to what appears to be a carpet of flowers draped over the landscape.
These are some images of the flowers when I visited there last week.
“Pincushion” flowering plants from the Proteaceae family is a genus of about 50 species, yet most of us only get to see a few of these. Flowering between September and February, these orange and yellow flowerheads attract Sunbirds and Sugarbirds. Walking through Kistenbosch Botanical Gardens in Cape Town, one encounters many of these with intricate repetitive patterns in different colour variants on each. Interestingly, I came across one of these flowering plants that appeared to be monochromatic, with yellow flowerheads in different stages of opening up. Monochromatic is the prompt on the weekly photo challenge this week, and images two variants of the “pincushion” flower are my response to the prompt.
Despite the wintery weather here in the Southern Hemisphere, these fynbos plants add some vibrant colour and warmth to the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Not exactly Macro, but Zooming in gives one the opportunity to have a closer look at the intricate structure of these colourful plants. Close up is the prompt on the Weekly Photo Challenge this week, and images of these plants are my response to the prompt.
Hmmmm… I guess this weeks photo challenge prompt is a tad difficult title to decipher.. it happens to be an acronym for Red. Orange. Yellow. Green. Blue. Indigo. Violet, the colours of the rainbow.
One of my very early posts https://4otomo.wordpress.com/2011/06/13/remember-to-take-the-camera/ was about always having your camera with you, and this is what I do almost all of the time. However, by some weird coincidence, whenever I see a rainbow, I don’t have my camera available, resulting in me not having a “rainbow” images for this prompt.
Nevertheless, these images of Strelitzias at Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden in Cape Town, highlighting some of those colours are my response to the prompt…..
As the sun recedes behind Table Mountain, so does the sunlight diminish at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, which lie at the foot of the Mountainside. The slowly receding light becomes increasingly softer until the entire garden is without sunlight, but with still enough daylight. The last bit of sunlight emphasises flowering plants beautifully, by highlighting them, with the backg0round and bottom already in shade. Ephemeral is the prompt on the Weekly Photo Challenge this week, and images of these highlighted plants are my response to the prompt.
Colourful is the prompt of Ailsa’s Travel Theme this week on http://www.wheresmybackpack.com. Colourful parrots from Guatemala feature on her blog, so I decided to with a bird theme for my response to the prompt too 🙂 Here are my images of the orange breasted sunbird, completely at home amongst these flowers.
Steady descent to a bridge crossing en route to a waterfall on hike in the vicinity of Robertson, north of Cape Town, this weekend. An abundance of Aloes, perfectly blended into the wonderful landscape. Descent is the prompt om the weekly Photo Challenge this week, images along the hike are my response to the prompt this week………
………..the journey continues…………….
Spring has a lovely ring to it :-), though its Autumn here at the Southern end of Africa, with a hint of winter already this weekend:-(. Nevertheless, to add some warmth and colour, these images of the King Protea from the Fynbos family are my response to this week’s Spring prompt on the Weekly Photo Challenge